This research project seeks to understand how sports fans are using the Internet to stay connected and up to date with their favorite team and why fans choose to use the Internet to do so. This is a research project being conducted by me, Allison Musser, a doctoral student, and Dr. Jacqueline McDowell, an Assistant Professor from the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism at the University of Illinois at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We would like to include you, along with other sport fans and Internet users, in a research project.
Your participation in this project is completely voluntary and we anticipate that there are no risks to this study greater than what you experience in normal life. You may not benefit personally from your participation but you will contribute valuable knowledge to the study and understanding of sport fandom and Internet usage. By giving your consent to participate in this research, you acknowledge that you are at least 18 years of age, a fan of a sports team or teams, and use the Internet to follow your favorite team. You are free to stop participating at any time, or to decline to answer any specific questions.
Your participation in this research project is completely anonymous and will involve participation in a written survey, which will take approximately 10 minutes of your time. During the survey you will be asked to indicate your identification with your favorite team, and the ways in which you follow or support your favorite team on the Internet, and why you choose to use the Internet to follow your team.
The results of this study may be used for reports, journal articles, and conference presentations. In any publication or public presentation, no identifying information will be given, and data will be averaged and reported in aggregate.
If you have any questions about this project, you may contact me, Allison Musser, at (217) 333-5082 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study, please contact the University of Illinois Institutional Review Board at (217) 333-2670 or via e-mail at email@example.com